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Using Assessment Tests As A Hiring Tool

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap

From: the medical sales recruiter

Part of every sales manager’s job is to add to the team.  Hire new talent.  You think you know what you’re looking for:  that “spark,” that intangible “it” factor, that “something about this candidate” that tells your intuition that this is the one.  You do look at resumes and previous sales figures (if they have them), but you also look for personality, drive, determination, and people skills.  Not exactly an exact science, is it?  There’s lots of room for error.  So how do you combat that uncertainty?  You use assessment tools.

Using behavior or personality assessment tests on candidates in the hiring process can be one of the most useful tools in a hiring manager’s box.  In competitive arenas like medical sales, laboratory sales, clinical diagnostics sales, medical supplies sales, medical equipment sales, biotechnology sales, pharmaceutical sales, DNA products sales, cellular/molecular products sales, hospital equipment sales, or medical device sales, knowing the traits that make a successful salesperson will give you critical information to add to the resume and the interview so that you can make the best hire possible.

Some of the more common tests include DiSC, Caliper, and OPQ.

DISC is the classic test.  It provides a behavioral profile across 4 primary dimensions:  Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.  It’s not a specific skills test, but it does describe behavior patterns and styles.

Caliper works with you and your company to create an ideal profile of your top performers.  Their assessments measure for personality characteristics, individual motivations, likely behaviors and potential for success in a specific job.

OPQ (Occupational Personality Questionnaire) measures persuasiveness, teamwork, independence, relationship building, planning, attention to detail, conscientiousness, tolerance to stress, results orientation, leadership style, motivation and energy.

One important tip for managers:  administer these tests on your current sales force first.  You know what qualities and traits have proven the most successful for your company, so you can use these results as a benchmark to measure new candidates against.

On the high end, assessments can run between $300 - $400.  For this, you get actual recommendations with very comprehensive and specific information.  For a little more work on your part, you can get assessments for as little as $50.  But, for basic cash, you get basic information–personality traits, qualities, etc.–and you do your own interpretations.  All of these tests can be done online.

At PHC Consulting, we think assessment tests are so important, we use them for every employee that we hire ourselves. We encourage our client companies to use them, as well.


Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | November 21, 2008 - November 13, 2008 (last one first, links added):

November 21, 2008

  • Owner of the local grocery store sees me, says I look like crap. To get some sleep. I say really I just took a 3 hour nap. He says try again
  • Channel 4 breaks news that Denny Hecker is closing 6 car dealerships impacting 400 jobs tonight
  • News from Minnesota Recruiters event: Lots of email saying best event yet. 349 lbs of goods donated to Second Harvest Heartland. A good day
  • #mnrecruiters @nicolebodem doing a great SEO/SEM presentation. Lots of notes being taken
  • #mnrecruiters Made good on my bet with Lois Flad of the UW Business School. Yes, I am wearing a Badger hat.

  • #mnrecruiters Back from break. Oberon did drawing for $50 Best Buy gift card. Allan Larson speaking on Deep Structure Recruiting

  • #mnrecruiters Video from Second Harvest Heartland has brought tears to many eyes

  • #mnrecruiters Rob Zeaske, Executive Director of Second Harvest Heartland speaking to our group @2harvest Thanks to our group for supporting

  • If you are in MN, stop what you are doing and see this video from @2harvest http://tinyurl.com/66aan4

  • #mnrecruiters asked how much time spend on Social Media. @txaggie94 says "constant partial attention"

  • #mnrecruiters Group responded well. Donated food items that filled 3 large collection boxes plus more on the tables @2harvest we did good

  • #mnrecruiters A full house at Best Buy. 220+ recruiters. Social Media Panel of @jokahn @txaggie94 @tavisd @steffenson Lots of donated food

November 20, 2008

  • #mnrecruiters 8.5 hours until the event. @nicolebodem printing handouts. Big thanks to @marenhogan for the design help

  • Wondering where all the #smbmsp tweets are?

  • Registrations for event are closed. Space for 240. 260 are registered. 68 still want to. 14 cancelled. That's 342 who showed interest. WOW

  • In order to finish work on #mnrecruiters event at Best Buy tomorrow I am missing #smbmsp and @jeffpulver at Best Buy today. Hey friends

November 19, 2008

  • I care so very little about Hollywood stars but I am a big fan of Kristin Chenoweth. Tonight she talks about the "cooter smash"
  • Leno to Maher: Bush is leaving office, we are screwed. The golden age of Clinton and Bush are over.
  • Took a tour at @2harvest and working with @lindsi for our @mnrecruiters event Friday. They are a great organization and easy to work with
  • Thinking about an idea for a mentoring program proposed by Jim D'Amico, Senior Recruitment Manager at Schwan's
  • RT @mnrecruiters Looking forward to announcing discounts for Minnesota Recruiters members with ERE @ere_net
  • Minnesota Recruiters is putting together a food drive with and then fundraiser for Second Harvest Heartland @2harvest
  • Thanks @NicoleBodem and @jokahn for your part in the upcoming event. You never get enough credit but I hope you know how appreciative I am

November 18, 2008

November 17, 2008

  • RT @mnrecruiters Minnesota Recruiters event filled at 240. Added 20 more seats 260. Filled those. Now have 40+ on a waiting list. speechless
  • RT @mnrecruiters: 209/240 seats registered. Trying to expand to 260. Response has been phenomenal. Formal invite to be sent at Noon

November 16, 2008

November 15, 2008

  • I did get to Camp Randall at the end of Q3. Just in time to see the students "Jump Around" and for the Gophers to lose. But a good time
  • Bummer. Much needed decompress weekend in Madison for the Gopher game has me missing it. Best friend with the flu and not leaving him alone
  • Minnesota Recruiters Informal Invite posted at www.minnesotarecruiters.com
  • Good time as sober driver in Madison last night. Lots of Gophers fans out and about. Wind chills in the teens today. Layering has begun
  • RT @mnrecruiters Informal invite sent Fri afternoon for Nov 21st event. 124/250 registered. Fantastic. Formal invite to be sent Mon morning

November 14, 2008

  • Looking forward to meeting @BizWerkerJulia while in Madison. An online recruiter friend I have known for a few months
  • Halfway to Madison. Numerous WI state troopers. Minnesota Recruiters event set and about to send invite. (no I am not driving) Go Gophers
  • On the road to Madison. Working on the Minnesota Recruiters event.

November 13, 2008


Minnesota Recruiters Informal Invite

As sent in an email to the Minnesota Recruiters group November 14th, 2008

Colleagues,

Thank you again for your patience regarding event information:

  • November 21, 2008 from 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • This is a free event held at Best Buy Corporate Headquarters in Richfield, MN.
  • We have space for 240 attendees. In the past we have had a “wait list”.
  • The goal of our events is to share and learn information, see old friends and meet new ones.
  • We will be serving breakfast from 7:15 – 8:00 am.
  • We will not be serving lunch as we have in past events but will have snacks, coffee and soda available throughout the morning.
  • Day of event logistics will be sent via email Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
  • Below the following information is the URL to register. Once registered you will receive an email notification.

Please Note:

Those of you who have attended previous events know that I am a big Gopher football fan. I am sending this while in a car (I am not driving) while on my way Madison, WI to hopefully see the Gophers bring Paul Bunyan’s Axe back to Minneapolis. I will have infrequent access to email and do my best to return messages in a timely manner.

Here are the basics:

7:15 – 8:00 am Networking and Breakfast
8:00 – 12:15 pm 3 Presentations and Networking

Quarterly and Event Sponsor
Oberon

Group Sponsor
Arbita

Location Sponsor
Best Buy

Community Outreach Partner
Second Harvest Heartland

Presentations:

- Social Media Panel
Josh Kahn
Senior Pipeline Generation Expert
Accenture at Best Buy

Erica Steffenson
Sr. Sourcing Analyst
Ecolab

Katie Carty Tierney
Talent Acquisition Innovator
nGenera Corporation

Tavis Hudson
Headhunter/Partner
Technical Resources, Inc.

4 local experts will discuss how they use Social Media to source and recruit candidates, help establish a recruiter an employer brand, what their companies think of it, and pitfalls to watch out for.

- SEO/SEM More then Just Hype
Nicole Bodem
Director, Search Marketing - Arbita

A presentation that explains the basic of SEO and SEM and how it is applied to recruiting.

As a recruiting professional whether you’re using search engines like Google, professional networks liked LinkedIn or social networks like Facebook, you’re using keywords everyday to find candidates. These same candidates are using keywords to look for jobs. In fact millions of job related searches are done monthly on search engines, job boards, job aggregators and other web properties. Learn how to take advantage of this talent opportunity without hiring an expert.

- Deep Structure Recruiting
Allan Larson
Ovation, LLC Consultant

This session will focus on two concepts to take your candidate and hiring manager consulting skills to the next level. By the end of this session you will learn how to more accurately:

  • Work within the unique styles of your managers and candidates
  • Manage your own unique strengths and blind spots

This interactive session is the first of several skill development modules designed to increase recruiter competency during the position requirements definition, screening, and the candidate interview and closing process.

To register for the event click (or copy and paste) this URL:
http://minnesotarecruitersfall2008.eventbrite.com


Paul DeBettignies
Minnesota Recruiters
Co-Founder and Coordinator
www.minnesotarecruiters.com


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | November 12, 2008 - November 11, 2008 (last one first, links added):

November 12, 2008

  • Had a short stay at #minnedemo. Lots and lots of people. A good sign for the tech community. Thanks to @timelliott for Tweeting the demos
  • At this point I am so far behind that some time with my tech friends at #minnedemo will not hurt. Maybe will motivate me with ideas
  • RT @mnrecruiters Promoting Second Harvest Heartland (@2harvest) at Nov 21st event. Food drive, how companies can support this holiday season
  • MinneDemo in 2 hours. Crap. Must...work...faster Or a clone machine, anyone have such a device?
  • my Twitterank is 157.68! http://twitterank.com/?u=MNHeadhunter
  • Good news for Gopher football fans, MarQueis Gray scored enough on ACT test and will join team in Dec. Bad news, Decker out against Badgers
  • BBY: Since mid-September, rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior .... simply can't adjust fast enough to maintain our earnings momentum
  • Looking forward to MinneDemo this evening with tech stuff, friends, and beer. www.minnedemo.org

November 11, 2008

  • Further proof that most who run campaigns suck. McCain of election night and now on Leno is the one I liked. I did not like campaign version
  • Working on final plans for Minnesota Recruiters event next week, November 21st at Best Buy HQ's. For more info follow @mnrecruiters
  • Did an interview for a StarTribune December 14th career page article on why someone should use LinkedIn
  • For ten years of mostly being on my own there have been times when I wanted someone else around to tell me what to do. To make the decision


Paul DeBettignies Answers Job Search Question On WCCO TV

I still hate writing my name in the third person. Anyway...

Friday (November 7, 2008) I was contacted by reporter James Schugel to see if I would be interested in answering a job search related question they had received from a viewer.

I think my answer was, “Heck Yeah!!!”

Thankfully I was already in Downtown Minneapolis so I headed over to the WCCO studio (they are the local CBS affiliate):

WCCO Studio - Minneapolis St Paul CBS Affiliate

The segment was to be 1-2 minutes and James was looking for three tips for job seekers. “Three???” I said. “I usually do this in 45 – 90 minute presentations. And I am not short on words.”

But James is a very experienced reporter and said lets have a conversation and through that I will get the material for the story.

Here is the link to the story (they do not allow for embedding video):

Headhunter: The Meek May Not Inherit A Job

There is one big tip I should have suggested but under the pressure of lights and camera slipped my mind.

When contacting companies explain what you can do for them. Do you have experience growing profits, streamlining something, cutting costs, etc. Something that shows you can bring value.

Save what you want for a later conversation. Too often candidates talk about vacation, benefits, and other things that are important to them (and rightly so) but this market has turned these past months and companies are in the driver’s seat.

Turns out the woman in the video who had the question, Fiona Quick, I know through Twitter (@quick13). When she was interviewed earlier in the day (before I got the call) she had already shown them my blog. Very nice of her.

Speaking of Fiona, Click Fiona Quick to see her LinkedIn profile. If you happen to be an employer seeking a CRM Administrator/Analyst/Manager with SalesForce and Database skills contact her. Or send me an email and I can out you in touch with her.


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | November 10, 2008 - November 8, 2008 (last one first, links added):

November 10, 2008

November 9, 2008

November 8, 2008

  • Will be in Madison for the Gopher vs Badger game next weekend from Friday noon to Sunday noon. If in the area or travelling from Mpls DM me.
  • Minnesota loses to Michigan. Not the loss but the way it happened sucked. Could have had more enjoyment sticking my finger in a power socket
  • 2 hours to the Little Brown Jug game between Minnesota and Michigan.


Daily Twitter Notes

Sometimes the day does not allow a blog post let alone write about things on my mind or I hear about like economic, political, local news (sports too).

With Twitter, you at least get some of the flavor, a flash moment during the day, of what I am thinking about. You can follow during the day or see the digest below.

Here are the highlights of my recent Twitter activity. If you want to see the full version click MN Headhunter on Twitter

MN Headhunter on Twitter | November 7, 2008 - November 4, 2008 (last one first, links added):

November 7, 2008

  • 12 hours to the Little Brown Jug game between Minnesota and Michigan. Go Gophers!!! Oldest travelling trophy in college football
  • Here we go. @quick13 has been getting lots of face time promo'ing this piece
  • For the local employers and recruiters if you are seeking a CRM Admin/Analyst/Manager with SalesForce and Database skills contact @quick13
  • Check me out tonight on Channel 4 during the 5pm news. Turns out the advice I was giving was a question asked by @quick13 Small online world
  • Off to Channel 4 studios (local CBS affiliate) to do the Good Questions segment for tonight. Job Search is the topic.
  • Memo to D's & R's: Quit complaining about 3rd parties taking votes. Instead have a qualified candidate with a positive message
  • Wall Street: GM misses badly. Q2 burned $1B a month. Q3 burned $2.3B a month. At this rate, would not make it to '09
  • For me this McCain staffer off the record smack talk about Palin is making them look bad. If true, why did they pick here? Time to walk away
  • @dbrauer Not being political and not seeking a conspiracy, how come the vote #'s only going in Franken's favor? Specific precincts?
  • Jobs Report: Saying all that, there are sectors increasing jobs. Regions doing well. Parts of the economy doing more business.
  • Jobs Report, Unemployment Rate: College degree 3.1%, Some college or AA 5.2%, High School 6.3%, No High School 10.3%
  • Jobs Report, Unemployment Rate: Women 5.3%, Men 6.3%, White 5.9%, Hispanic 8.8%, Black 11.1%, Teens 20.6%
  • Jobs Report: Unemployment rate 6.5% from 6.1% Highest rate since 1994
  • Jobs Report: Oct -240K, Sept revised to –284K from first reported -159K, -1.2M in ’08
  • By request about to post a bunch of numbers from October unemployment report
  • Light snow in Minneapolis. Looks pretty. Still sucks.

Continue reading "Daily Twitter Notes" »


Job Search 101 | Getting Started

For 10+ years I have been and continue to help companies source, recruit and hire IT professionals and I have had the unique position to observe companies, recruiters and job seekers.

At times it can be a most frustrating thing to watch. Job seekers for the most part are the same regardless of what skill set, experience, age, and educational background.

What I have learned is most job seekers have no idea how to market themselves. And that is what a job search is, marketing of yourself.

Beginning about 5 years ago I moved from what had been informal giving of advice to doing formal presentations titled "I have a “killer” resume, now what? Tips on being your own Headhunter" to professional associations, user groups, college students, community groups supporting those in job transition, and the StarTribune Career Fairs.

During my presentations there are two constant themes:

  • Finding a job is a job
  • Doing a job search sucks

I have been saying that I should start putting this information here on the blog as a way to better help job seekers and finally I am getting to it.

I am going to give a "Headhunter" perspective on how to do this. You may find some of my ideas and techniques to be aggressive, forward, and maybe "too much". And some of them maybe. But my question is this, if you have a spouse, kids, mortgage, college debt, etc. you may want or be able to stay within the lines.

Here are some of the many topics I will be covering here in small, easy to digest posts:

  • How to find and research companies
  • Sources for job listings
  • Finding contact names in companies
  • Sending and utilizing email
  • Creating a job search plan
  • How and when to follow up
  • How to market yourself
  • Creating your elevator pitch
  • How to start a conversation
  • What networking is and is not
  • Building a network
  • What makes a good network

The previous items are just the tip of the iceberg. Over a period of time there should be a lot of information here and hopefully a good resource for job seekers.

I do not cover creating and writing resumes because to be honest, I am not good at them. That and there are a lot of resources on writing a resume but not that many on how to execute an effective job search.

If this goes well and now with the recession (it may not yet technically be one but for many is one) I may move forward with an idea to start a website focused only on career information. I have acquired the domain name BeYourOwnHeadhunter.com and have started creating content. The site should be launched in mid December.

This being the first post not much here yet but you can click Job Search Tips to find some previous blog posts on these topics.

And as I get into this if you have any questions post them in the comments section and I will do my best to respond to them.